Black Af History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America (Hardcover)

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From beloved columnist Michael Harriot comes a comprehensive and bitingly hilarious appraisal of American history, confronting and correcting the record to showcase the perspectives and experiences of Black Americans.

It should come as no surprise that the dominant narrative of American history is blighted with errors and oversights—after all, history books were written with the perspectives of white men at the forefront. It could even be said that the historical devaluation and elimination of the experiences of Black people is as American as apple pie. Or rioting after football games. Or calling the cops on Black Americans for walking around their own neighborhoods, or listening to music, or bird-watching, or any other normal everyday activity.

In Black AF History, Michael Harriot subverts what has conventionally passed for history in the mainstream, presenting more than twenty little-known stories about the experiences of Black Americans, from the Tulsa Race Massacre to the history of policing. With sharp, incisive wit, Harriot speaks hilarious truth to oppressive power, providing readers with a singular look at our shared history that is as comprehensive as it is utterly necessary.

About the Author

MICHAEL HARRIOT is a critically acclaimed poet, journalist, and broadcaster. He’s a senior writer for, and his work is often cited by outlets and individuals from the New York Times and the Washington Post. Harriot holds a degree in mass communications and history from Auburn University and an MA in macroeconomics from Florida State University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780358439165
ISBN-10: 0358439167
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Publication Date: September 15th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English